|DJ Abstract - Kikapu Poo Vol. 1 - DJ Abstract|
DJ Abstract is helping us bridge the gap from the days of Kikapu past to the future. As we're re-launching the label this fall, we thought a mix of songs from past releases would let our listeners re-visit some great tracks and artists and help build excitement for the new releases we have planned. DJ Abstract picked fourteen of his favorite Kikapu tracks into this amazing mix. We hope this is the first of many Kikapu compilation mixes! Below is the tracklist: 01 Off Land - Time 02 Dub Jay - Six...
Downloads: 433 (1 review)
|Pocka - There's No Business LIke Propa' Rungleclotted Mashup Bizznizz [kpumix004] - Pocka|
Downloads: 176 (1 review)
|Wavespan & Nobuto Suda - After the Rain [kpu118] - Wavespan & Nobuto Suda|
For our final release of 2012, we have what might be the single most inspiring and epic piece of music ever released on Kikapu. Wavespan and Nobuto Suda have joined forces to create a single song consisting of various instrumentations, field recordings and drones along with a long list of musical guests adding their own input to the piece, combining their particular elements into the greater whole...
Downloads: 1,005 (1 review)
|Veem - The Return [kpu106] - Veem|
file under: analogue ambient, modular mayhem, deep space journey Our latest release comes from old-schooler Veem, aptly titled 'The Return.' Eight tracks of deep analogue pads mixed w/ modular fun, it harkens back to Veem's previous work with us; at times dark yet overall uplifting and pulling you up into the cosmos.
Keywords: ambient; electronic; analog; modular; synth; space; dark ambient
Downloads: 5,639 (1 review)
|The Over Greenland - The Lost Levels EP [kpu100] - The Over Greenland|
This amazing EP is from Ed Powley's new project, The Over Greenland. Ed has been releasing music under his own name, and the ever-popular Colophon moniker for years now on a great many other net.labels. His first Kikapu release is entitled The Lost Levels EP which contains five tracks of guitar-driven beauty. At times uplifting and bombastic, at others minimal and relaxing, this is one incredibly special album, and is definitely worthy of being our 100th release.
Keywords: post-rock; guitar; electronic
Downloads: 6,241 (1 review)
|Paiyatuma - Arriving at Night in Ithaca [kpu114] - Paiyatuma|
“Arriving At Night In Ithaca” chronicles an imaginary nocturnal sea journey – imagine you are the sailor Ulysses, coming home after many years of travel. Wind instruments such as the bottle and flute play predominant roles in the composition, and no synthesizers were used, to emphasize its timeless qualities. “Paiyatuma” is a wind instrument project of Thomas Park and Shane Morris. The duo incorporate a variety of wind instruments including trombone, flute, and found sounds such as bot...
Downloads: 1,698 (2 reviews)
|adcBicycle - EP [kpu094] - adcBicycle|
One of our most intricately stunning releases to date, the debut EP from Canada's adcBicycle is nothing short of astonishing; a joining of what seems like hundreds of various samples - from vocals to instruments to field recordings - and intensely complex, live instrumentation and improvisation lead to one of the most incomparable and original albums ever recorded. The pure genius and musicianship of the artist reaches out of every tune to wave a big smiling hello to every single listener...
Keywords: idm; electronic; post-rock
Downloads: 24,730 (6 reviews)
|r_garcia - Gluteus.Freq [kpu041] - r_garcia|
Florida native and Nophi Recordings frontman r_garcia has so lovingly graced our presence with an album of new tunes, a full 40 minutes worth of new music exclusive to Kikapu that is. While not afraid to show his experimental side, r_garcia's music borders on a mix between melodic electronics and noise, with a surprising slice of soul and funk mixed in. One can also hear his love for indie rock shining through on these tracks, so feel free to rock out yourself to these twelve amazingly fun and b...
Downloads: 24,343 (3 reviews)
|Reconstructing Richard - Fun Rabbit Facts [kpu016] - Reconstructing Richard|
Definitely the most interesting release we've offered yet, here lies an EP by Reconstructing Richard. Four songs of pure 4-bit Gameboy madness. While we here at Kikapu have always been fans of the chip-music permeating the waves of the interweb, this is our first full release of microtunes. And that's not all! We are also offering you a wonderful opportunity to eavesdrop on some remixes of original Reconstructing Richard material reinterpreted by twelve different artists, some who are kikapu mai...
Downloads: 2,817 (1 review)
|mikronesia - vxvii [kpu109] - mikronesia|
file under: experimental, shuffling ambient, glitching soundscapes Believe it or not, this amazing new album from Mikronesia will be our last release. Ever. That's right, Kikapu is kaput. We're going out in style though, with this brilliant collection of experimental ambient pieces. Mikronesia first came to our attention from his albums for the always impressive Gears of Sand label, and it's quite an honor for us to be able to release some of his work here at Kikapu...
Keywords: ambient; experimental
Downloads: 19,492 (3 reviews)
|V/A - Wein, Weib und Gesang [kpu072] - V/A|
Our largest and most ambitious release to date, "Wein, Weib und Gesang" is a focus on experimental and ambient-styled electronics, with tracks from a group of some of the most remarkable musicians around. Some of these faces are new to Kikapu, while some have previously released here a number of times. The title is an old German saying that is loosely translated as "wine, women and songs...all you need to be happy in life." Seeing as this release clocks in at nearly five hours in length, these s...
Downloads: 84,797 (5 reviews)
|litmus0001 - great [kpu069] - litmus0001|
litmus0001 is Jonathan Ewald, a multi- instrumentalist and gifted producer from the U.S. who creates ambient soundscapes by way of live instrumentation through a series of effects and loops. While the six string bass is his focus, his use of guitar, synth, and programmed rhythms is exemplary and helps add to the depth of his improvisations. His music has been described as "downtempo neo-psychedelic organo-electronic post-/avant-/anti-rock," and this portrayal barely scratches the surface...
Downloads: 2,343 (1 review)
|Dub Jay - Perfectly Ordinary Recorded Noise [kpu076] - Dub Jay|
It's been over a year and twenty releases since we've had the pleasure of offering new material from Ohio-native Dub Jay, but the man himself is back with another four-track EP of genre-defying music that will take your breath away. Utilizing obscure source material, Dub Jay has accomplished yet again what he did earlier with his first two Kikapu EP's, Mai EP and Songs For A Room, which is to take a style of music and perfectly re-familiarize his audience with what is possible to achieve within ...
Downloads: 2,608 (1 review)
|Leonard J. Paul - The Corporation Soundtrack [kpu101] - Leonard J. Paul|
Our final release of 2006 is the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for the award-winning Canadian documentary The Corporation, produced by Canadian composer Leonard J. Paul. This is the original music soundtrack plus extra pieces, totaling 28 tracks for the release. It also comes w/ artwork and full liner notes from Leonard himself. This is a huge release for us, and we're very proud to be able to offer it at Kikapu...
Downloads: 47,720 (2 reviews)
|William Fields - The Ruby-Leif [kpu108] - William Fields|
file under: warm and melodic electronics, experimental compositions, beautiful ambience We have here an amazing new mp3 release from William Fields, titled 'The Ruby-Leif.' It's a 5-track EP of incredibly melodic, beautiful electronics. It harkens back to many of our older releases from past years, and is a welcome addition to our catalogue.
Keywords: ambient; idm; melodic; electronic; experimental
Downloads: 6,325 (1 review)
|Winnie The Shit - Easy [kpu105] - Winnie The Shit|
file under: dubstep techno, breakbeats, more fun than should be legally possible Today marks the return of the one and only Winnie The Shit! And he's dropping a full-length album no less! His new album is entitled 'Easy' and is a bit of a more subdued affair than his previous release with us. This new one is at times more mellow, with a heavy focus on dubstep and techno, all while keeping it's eyes squared fixedly on insanely wonderful breakbeats...
Keywords: dubstep; techno; breakbeat; drum n' bass; drill n' bass; mellow; down tempo
Downloads: 7,809 (2 reviews)
|apm - EP [kpu061] - apm|
Wonderful new seven-tracker EP from Aaron McCammon, who is the proprietor of the amazing new net.label One. This release is a sort of unofficial concept album, as it was completely recorded with a Casio RP-1 and CA-110. Almost everything here is played live, and there are no edits. In summation, its lo-fi to the core, baby. Styles range from the bubbly bounce of "2 dollars" to the melodic down tempo and ambience of "we keep prices low..." and "night tab" to the 8bit breakcore of "ohio river..."...
Downloads: 4,599 (2 reviews)
|Kaneel and Tao - Monochrome [kpu018] - Kaneel and Tao|
Tao: Paris-based electronica artist. Trying to melt various influences from early jazz to hip hop passing through dub into a soft and quite naive and melodic idm/electronica style music. Kaneel: Rouen, France-based ambient/electronica artist. Making music since June.99, searching for making some nice and understandable vibes mixing to it some insected beats and retriged effects you can name: 'ambientish insectified retriged soft mellowish idm.'
Downloads: 11,295 (2 reviews)
|Overdose Kunst - Autopoiesis [kpu104] - Overdose Kunst|
file under: Japanese experimentation, abstract, noise Great new release today from the Japanese duo Overdose Kunst, entitled 'Autopoiesis.' Five tracks of experimental abstractions, moments of noise and chaos interspersed with moments of pure beauty. Not to be missed.
Keywords: experimental; abstract; noise; ambient
Downloads: 4,744 (2 reviews)
|off land - apt path [kpu102] - off land|
file under: emotional ambience, minimal, remixes We're kicking off this exciting new year with a great new EP from previous releaser Off Land, who one-ups himself from his past works in great style with apt path. On this new collection Off Land is continuing in the same direction of minimal ambience but taking it deeper, with even more emotive qualities present therein, and also adding two wonderful remixes from Gastón Arévalo and Jon 7...
Keywords: ambient; minimal; abstract; experimental; remixes
Downloads: 6,622 (1 review)
|butterbox - echo's answer [kpu096] - butterbox|
The debut from Brazil's butterbox is one of the most truly enjoyable releases you'll ever have the pleasure of soaking in. During the initial listen, the acoustic guitar is what will stick out the most, looping through sections that are gently fighting the piano melodies. But on further repeats, the subtle layers of rhythm and ambiences will begin to stick out their heads, and the emotion of this singular artist will finally sink in...
Keywords: ambient; acoustic
Downloads: 4,072 (1 review)
|sieve - pain scale [kpu098] - sieve|
The third(!)EP from Sieve is now available just in time for the dark, cold nights of the autumn and winter seasons. Seven more tracks of brutal dub-step and industrial mayhem, this one pounces on you and doesn't let go.
Downloads: 2,417 (1 review)
|roto visage - der golem [kpu087] - roto visage|
This highly abstract release from Kikapu newcomer, roto visage, is mostly minimal, yet in some instances dense, containing layer upon layer of bleak, disturbing and desolate soundscapes. His debut album, "der golem," can be closely aligned with dark ambient yet moves away from the genre with its organic, meditative explorations. The inherent isolation within the tracks is at times uncomfortable, a forced introspection, but quickly sinks into a dark solitude, as though anything beyond melancholy ...
Keywords: Electronic; Ambient; Noise
Downloads: 24,721 (1 review)
|Dub Jay - Mai EP [kpu048] - Dub Jay|
The Kikapu-Ohio link grows even stronger with this latest release from our friend Warren Sulcs, otherwise known as Dub Jay. You might remember Warren from his remix on the algorhythm ep we released here last winter (kpu.027); consider that remix a warm-up for what you are about to hear now. The Mai EP is actually a sort of collaboration between Dub Jay and a few of his close friends. Contributors include Pat Kabat on clarinet, Geoff Kelly on didgeridoo and tapping, and Steve Neola adding some of...
Downloads: 12,369 (4 reviews)
|Aplink - Galatea Galante / Four-hour Fugue [kpu090] - Aplink|
The mysterious Aplink has arrived with a short but excellent EP of ambience and drones. The tracks here focus on minimalism and the passage of time via repetition and layering; each feels like a cut out cross-section of a larger piece of composition. Insular and introspective, yet outwardly accessible to all.
Keywords: Ambient; Drone; Electronic; Experimental
Downloads: 2,646 (2 reviews)
|Sieve - Vacuum-Assisted [kpu091] - Sieve|
Sieve is back again with another incredible EP of dark moods and thoughts. 'Vacuum-Assisted' focuses a bit more on the overall texture of each track compared to the beat-heavy electronics of his previous Kikapu release, 'wave/particle.' But don't be fooled, there are still plenty of forceful, brooding rhythms scattered throughout this release, all with a foreboding, inexhaustible feeling to them. Yet this release cuts even deeper into your psyche as you listen, pushing you to the edge.
Downloads: 908 (2 reviews)
|evan valentine - safety glass EP [kpu083] - evan valentine|
Past releaser evan valentine has returned to blow your minds yet again with an incredible new mini-EP. This time around the tracks ride along a razor-thin edge of beautifully crafted melodies combined with some very complex breaks. The overall feel is almost a dream-like state, with the solid rhythms keeping everything grounded so the listener doesn't lose focus. This is quite the ingenious work of art to wrap your head around.
Keywords: Electro, IDM, Experimental
Downloads: 10,459 (1 review)
|r_garcia - travel by light rail [kpu070] - r_garcia|
Nophi Records frontman r_garcia returns to Kikapu with another gorgeously fun EP of chiptune bleeps, beautiful melodies, and remarkable riddims. One might call this a pop-centric view of the IDM sound, whatever that may be. In essence though, it's just a wonderfully enjoyable collection of tracks that will get your booty shaking and have you grinning ear to ear.
Downloads: 1,432 (3 reviews)
|MonoCulture - Real Anarchists Cross With The Light [kpu081] - MonoCulture|
Hippocamp alumnus MonoCulture, who goes by the name of Nick Eymann in the non-digital world, is known around the net.label scene for his amazing production values interwoven with some of the tightest rhythm work and most superb melodies ever heard in the IDM genre. MonoCulture definitely doesn't disappoint on this long-tracker EP; the remarkable use of vocal samples and granulized ambiences along with the aformentioned elements brings MonoCulture's output to a whole new level.
Keywords: Electro, IDM, Experimental
Downloads: 16,960 (1 review)
|pino the frog - seed comma axiom [kpu080] - pino the frog|
Well-known net.label artist pino the frog, with past notable releases on both Nishi and Please Do Something, offers his first Kikapu release in the form of a remarkable EP that is one half originals, and one half remixes. The first half of the release consists of remixes of Carl Kruger originals by pino himself. These tracks are on an experimental plane with hints of ambience flirting around the percussive elements of the tracks...
Downloads: 5,414 (1 review)
|Cellular - EP [kpu001] - Cellular|
The first official release on Kikapu is this long-tracker EP from resident superhero, cellular. cellular is Adrian Jonsson, 20, from ÃÂstersund, Sweden, and his sound lives somewhere within the realms of IDM, drill n' bass, ambient, and 8-bit electronica. This EP covers all intricacies of these styles, while not being overbearing and finding itself within a hole of one of these particular genres...
Downloads: 7,189 (1 review)
|Mike Verde - Hypocenter [kpu074] - Mike Verde|
Vancouver seems to be turning out a great number of highly creative artists as of late, as our recent releases have shown, and Mike Verde is another example of the great new music that is coming out of British Columbia. Hypocenter is an EP that has a little bit of everything - obvious jazz influences, intricate breaks and rhythm sections, really beautiful melodies, and an emotional underlay that is evident throughout all of the songs...
Downloads: 12,579 (2 reviews)
|Books On Tape - Mes Jours En Tant Que FranÃ§ais [kpu036] - Books On Tape|
Yet another free collection of tracks from Books on Tape. There can be no explanation for the sheer volume of free music this guy gives away except for SHEER INSANITY. Since last December, the world has seen from Books a full-length CD, an mp3 EP on Subverseco, a 3" EP on Piehead. Not to mention a massive West Coast tour. The boy does not stop. And to further demonstrate, here is one of two new Books on Tape mp3 EP's, yours for the taking...
Downloads: 1,374 (2 reviews)
|Vagskal - Crossroads [kpu032] - Vagskal|
Hailing from southern Sweden, one-man project VÃ¤gskÃ¤l likes his music abstract with some aggressive basslines and faint melodies. Whether sampling old analogue drum machines or his math class, VÃ¤gskÃ¤l keeps things ever changing and morphing into new sounds. Experimental, dark ambient, abstract - any of these terms work in describing his sound; only one song on this EP constitutes having a constant breakbeat, while the others drop you head-first into waves of droning soundscapes...
Downloads: 2,262 (1 review)
|Crashed By Car - Low Light Rewinder [kpu038] - Crashed By Car|
Presented here is a strangely beautiful collection of experimental electronics from Crashed By Car, the latest project of Brandon Reid Huey from Minneapolis. "Low Light Rewinder" is snowy harmonics and delicate overlapping geometries of melody, percussion, and noise articulating a less-travelled territory of music. From "Alone Machines" where massive unsettling marimba detunings and ring modulations are strikingly reconciled by a warm string arrangement, to the bouncing chain-linked and reversed...
Downloads: 6,047 (1 review)
|KOSIK - Removable Pieces [kpu039] - KOSIK|
KOSIK is the project of Matt Borghi and Michael Kirson-Goldapper. Raised on the periphery of Detroit, the two life-long friends were exposed to all kinds of music, much of which has been rolled up into their KOSIK project. While the KOSIK project is relatively new, Michael and Matt have been working together for the better part of a decade on a variety of projects, musical and otherwise. KOSIK is the first collaborative project that Michael and Matt have allowed to see the light of day...
Downloads: 2,488 (1 review)
|Transient - No War EP [kpu040] - Transient|
Self-imposed workaholic Carl Martin has been writing tracker-based music since his early teen years, and is most familiar to the world of electronic music as TBTMO stronghold Transient. He kicks it uptempo with a smile on his face on this Kikapu EP; all of these tracks are very fun atmospheric breakbeat monsters, and every now and then this release speeds up and gets crazy on you, then slows down and chills out...
Downloads: 5,205 (1 review)
|Stryph - Mastering Monophonic [kpu037] - Stryph|
Niklas Winde is back again to take y'all back with his latest exclusive Kikapu release. The title says it all: these tracks take the discernable listener back to the good old days of analog drum machines and modular synthesizers. Things start off mellow and ambient, and then quickly move into 4/4 territory just begging you to get up and dance. So sit back, start up your favorite old Atari game, and kick it to the monophonic jams.
Downloads: 1,054 (1 review)
|space plans - we'reearthlings.let'sblowupearththings [kpu067] - space plans|
We're taking a big leap forward today into a slightly new and different realm of sound for Kikapu, with the debut release from Nashville's favorite legolomaniacs space plans. The band consists of three professional studio-geeks and knob-twiddlers, those being Kyleen King, Dave Jones, and Brion Bergstrom; and all three of them basically handle all of the different elements herein, whether they be guitar, bass, drums, synths, or vocals...
Downloads: 2,192 (1 review)
|Autistici - A Moment Of Incidentals [kpu064] - autistici|
This rather elaborate EP from autistici rolls just over the half-hour mark, and could really be considered to be one massive piece of the avant-garde. A convincing mix of dark ambient, glitch, drone, and experimentalism that would be impossible to pigeonhole into any single genre, other than the one autistici has created for himself. Perfect for some intense headphone listening, late nights, and the like; we're blown away from these new pieces and hope that you enjoy them just as much as we do.
Downloads: 4,304 (1 review)
|Introspective - Curious Inversions [kpu056] - Introspective|
A wonderful EP of beautiful droning ambience, Kikapu's final release of the year 2003 is proudly presented from net.label star Introspective. Starting off with a prelude of sorts, concering the current state of world affairs, the EP slowly winds its way through minimal atmospherics on a course destined for ambient brilliance. A perfect cap to a great year, everyone please enjoy these tracks from Introspective.
Downloads: 8,551 (1 review)
|C Photon - Gritty EP [kpu062] - C Photon|
Get down wit' yo bad selves! This new EP from Sarajevo's C Photon is lots of fun and actually danceable (gasp!). Seeing as how I'm tired and lazy, I'll let C Photon describe it for you himself: "With this EP my goal was to produce a complex mixture of organic sounds with the help of digital technology; a digital reconstruction of organic sounds. A session-like approach was used a lot. I think that sequencing can`t always work for my music and with this approach I can achieve more natural soundin...
Downloads: 1,824 (1 review)
|Dub Jay - Songs For A Room [kpu055] - Dub Jay|
Warren Sulcs is following up his highly successful past Kikapu release with this new four-track EP of mellow ambience. Stylistically different, yet artistically similar, these new tracks show a different side to Dub Jay than what Kikapu listeners have experienced in the past; this time around the focus is on experimental textures wrapped around ambient rhythms and synthetic pads. Entirely beautiful throughout, we hope everyone grabs these new tracks from Dub Jay.
Keywords: Electronic; Ambient
Downloads: 4,230 (2 reviews)
|Vesa-Pekka - EP [kpu052] - Vesa-Pekka|
This amazingly beautiful EP from 24-year old Finnish newcomer Vesa-Pekka contains just over twenty minutes of deep emotional electronics, fresh with sweeping synth pads, bubbling rhythmic lines, and lovely melodies. Taking slight cues from his past experiences playing tenor saxophone in a free-jazz environment, here Vesa-Pekka focuses his energy on electronic sequencing and the formation of more structured songs, and not as much "throwing paint on the walls" as he so eloquently puts it...
Downloads: 1,250 (1 review)
|Eric Laurence - Broken Vision [kpu054] - Eric Laurence|
A new concise sixteen minute EP comes down from the rolling pastures of Illinois in the form of this new collection of tracks by the unofficial Kikapu tour manager, Eric Laurence. Mr. Laurence has been here since the beginning, and he keeps coming back to throw more sample-laden tracks at our faithful listeners. The first and third cuts of this EP are aural soundscapes featuring beautifully haunting vocal samples from a Russian vocalist, while the second and fourth tracks are more straight-ahea...
Downloads: 6,228 (1 review)
|Kikapu Podcast 005|
This podcast features tracks from Bubblegone's new album, 'Somewhere Between Summer and Winter.'
Keywords: podcast, electronica, ambient
|Kikapu Podcast 004|
This podcast is an hour-long ambient mix featuring 518vsJoel (via Conduit Records), Caddis, Raemus, Matt Borghi, Room, These Men Are Cowards, and a Lee Hutzulak remix of a souns original.
|Sieve - wave/particle [kpu086] - Sieve|
Sieve's debut Kikapu release is full of grit, dirt under the fingernails; a style that slaps you in the face and wakes you up with a start. This excellent EP's source materials are samples that Sieve originally recorded in 1997, possibly from a Casio toy keyboard, that have been re-recorded and bastardized many times over the years and have finally come to fruition in these tracks. This one isn't for the squeamish.
|Kikapu Podcast 001 - v/a|
Our first podcast features tracks from Eric Laurence, Evan Valentine, Mar.ch, Komsomol, The System Boot, and Spark.
Keywords: Electro, IDM, Experimental
|Breaks The Blank Day - s/t [kpu095] - Breaks The Blank Day|
Breaks The Blank Day takes small, insignificant slices of sound and intricately builds them up into overlapping waves of audio. Liberally making use of filters and other effects, the tracks on this debut release are ever-shifting patterns and loops that pulsate hypnotically through your aural hemisphere. Best served with headphones late at night in the dark.
Keywords: minimal; ambient